Luxury Architecture

JonaBeth RussellJonaBeth Russell Major grinsMauiPosts: 909Registered Users Major grins
edited February 1, 2019 in Other Cool Shots

Aloha friends,

Today I wanted to share some recent work from a luxury architecture shoot, right here on the beautiful island of Maui! This particular property was listed for sale at the cool price of $7.5M, and it sold in less than a week of the photoshoot.

Creating media for these types of listings is an ever-growing production process, continually pushing my abilities and willingness to improve. When I first started shooting properties, I was in condos & small homes with a speed light atop my crop-sensor dslr. It worked great and led to bigger opportunities. Fastforward a few years, and now I'm setting up handfuls of radio trigger speed lights with all manner of diffusing and reflecting methods, shooting on a 42MP full-frame camera. I'm flying drones all over, through, and around the place, creating 4k cinematic videos, 3D models....the list seems much bigger than my own imaginings of years past. I am truly grateful for every opportunity to experience a day in a home that would otherwise be completely inaccessible to me.

About the shots -

The interior images are all single exposures, using a Sony a7r3, Sony GM glass, and a handful of radio speed lights in varying locations. The images on the television screens are my own, placed on the blank screen in post, so that I can properly blend with the natural glare on the surface. Outside of that, there's no photo trickery happening, just playing with lights.

Exterior aerial is shot on a small prosumer grade drone, single exposure, manually shot for motion blur in the waterfall on the right, and worked in Lightroom. The drone has a telephoto zoom lens (24-48mm equiv), which offers a decent amount of compression at full zoom...perfect for creating a better sense of shallow DoF. Plus it keeps the mountain in the background tall and makes for great parallax effect in video movements.

BONUS: If you'd like to see the video, click the link below. Best viewed in 4k with premium sound.

Mahalo for taking the time, I'm excited to post more luxury architecture shots soon. Feel free to leave any feedback, all is welcomed as knowledge shared. Enjoy!


  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 12,389Administrators moderator

    Nice job! Also, excellent choice of accompanying music.

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  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAPosts: 11,509Administrators moderator

    Holy cow, that's some terrific work right there, Jona!!

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 7,647Registered Users Major grins

    Incredible work! Bravo JBR!

  • JuanoJuano Major grins Brasilia, BrazilPosts: 3,669Registered Users Major grins

    @Stumblebum said:
    Inicredible work! Bravo JBR

    I agree, outstanding!

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLPosts: 6,572Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 3, 2019

    More strong testament to your tremendous growth as a photographer. I enjoy following your work.

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  • JonaBeth RussellJonaBeth Russell Major grins MauiPosts: 909Registered Users Major grins

    @David_S85 said:
    Nice job! Also, excellent choice of accompanying music.

    @kdog said:
    Holy cow, that's some terrific work right there, Jona!!

    @Stumblebum said:
    Incredible work! Bravo JBR!

    @Juano said:

    @Stumblebum said:
    Inicredible work! Bravo JBR

    I agree, outstanding!

    @black mamba said:
    More strong testiment to your tremendous growth as a photographer. I enjoy following your work.

    You all have been such a fabulous support group, always coaching, always building one another up. I appreciate everyone of you, and the fact that you even took the time to look at my work. Big Mahalos to you all!

  • CornflakeCornflake Major grins Posts: 2,493Registered Users Major grins

    I just saw this. It's very impressive work! It's not a bad looking house, either. :)

  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Major grins Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 242Registered Users Major grins

    You just sold this one to me! Now who's giving me the US$ 7.5M? :lol:

    I agree with the above opinions, technically superb pictures and a very emotional video you did there. I think they hired just the right guy for advertising such a high priced object.

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